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May 26th, 2020 10 comments

The Tardis Chronicles Volume 1

Available to order in the UK from

Available to order in the USA from

The Tardis Chronicles Volume 1 has been published by Wonderful Books.

The book is written, designed and illustrated by PAUL MC SMITH – author of The Classic Doctor Who DVD Compendium and The New Who Programme Guide – with a foreword by TARDIS aficionado CLAYTON HICKMAN.

THE TARDIS CHRONICLES charts the complete voyages of the Doctor’s wondrous space-and-time machine in greater depth than ever before. As well as every journey seen on screen, it also covers all those we only hear the Doctor mention with an ‘I once met…’ and ‘I remember when…’.

More than a simple list of dates and planets, each TARDIS landing is pinpointed to a precise location and time. Plus everything the TARDIS itself experiences is recorded, from its environment to events that occur both inside and within sight of the Police Box. Icons denote each time we see or hear the Ship materialise or dematerialise.

In addition, for each trip there are exhaustive notes detailing which controls are used and what they do; what we learn about the functions and abilities of the TARDIS; behind-the-scenes facts about props, sets, models and materialisation techniques; discussion of what we see and learn about the Ship and its destinations; and much more.

The book also features comprehensive histories of every Police Box prop, control room set and console, covering their design, construction, usage and modifications. These are illustrated with accurate schematics, including annotated plans of every control panel and their variations.

THE TARDIS CHRONICLES tells you everything there is to know about the real star of Doctor Who.

Volume 1: Before the Time War covers the TARDIS’s travels from the Doctor and Susan’s flight from Gallifrey to a gunship crashing down on Karn – more than 400 landings that we’ve seen or heard about.

CLAYTON HICKMAN, ex-Doctor Who Magazine editor and TARDIS connoisseur, has kindly provided a foreword, and says, “The blessed relief of The TARDIS Chronicles finally existing – without me having to write the bloody thing – cannot be overstated.”

THE TARDIS CHRONICLES: VOLUME 1 (paperback; 412 pages; 7x10in) is available now for £22.99 from or $32.99 from

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  • George

    July 6th, 2020 - 6:53am

    Does this address the Master, pre-Autons?

    I remember the Discontinuity Guide made some stupid comment like there was an Untelevised Adventure where the Master was organising wars, and had used hypnotism in large numbers of humans. But the Doctor put an end to that scheme, and so the Master was now returning from this Untelevised Adventure to seek revenge on the Doctor.

    The same book had every random comment the Third Doctor ever made placed in a ‘Season 6B’.

  • Ben the Whovian

    May 31st, 2020 - 1:51pm

    Is this worth the expense? Just wondering as if it is I might buy it.

    • booboo

      May 31st, 2020 - 5:43pm

      reviews (not just amazon) seem good

    • Kevin225

      May 31st, 2020 - 6:42pm

      It is brilliant. I would buy anything that Paul Smith writes that is Who related, on spec. His Target Book guide e-book available from the Wonderful Books website is superb.

  • daz

    May 31st, 2020 - 11:39am

    Got it on my Wishlist.

    Recently read all my big hardback Who books. Been fun. Stuff going back to the 90’s too.

    So all Who’d out for now. Moved onto my Nintendo ones.

    But looking forward to getting it at some point.

  • Dean Wells

    May 30th, 2020 - 3:54pm

    This is actually one of the most comprehensive and meticulously researched Who reference books I’ve ever had the pleasure of owning.
    The attention to detail is pretty astounding both for console designs, exterior variations and the descriptions of every landing and take-off.
    Theres even a whole two page spread on the hatstand variants, to give you some idea of the depth gone into.

  • Paul Smith

    May 30th, 2020 - 11:46am

    It discusses the issue and proffers one possible explanation for the Brigadier’s presence at Brendon School, but you may have your own preferred theory.

    And the book is much more than “just a list of journeys”. You can see some page samples at

    • Whorules

      May 30th, 2020 - 2:52pm

      Thanks for the info Paul, wasn’t sure what the book was. Oh, are there any plans for a continuation of the programme guide? I loved the eccleston-Smith book and would definitely buy a paperback (don’t buy ebooks) followup.

  • Whorules

    May 26th, 2020 - 1:48pm

    Don’t think it’s a book of explanations just a list of journeys, those we see on screen and those mentioned on screen but not shown

  • Mrs Croot

    May 26th, 2020 - 9:39am

    Is this book going to explain the UNIT plot hole? As the Brigadier retired in the 70’s (Mawdryn Undead) before he left unit in the 80’s (Pyramids of Mars), and the Doctor wonders if the Brigadier has been promoted after he’s retired (Time-Flight).

    There are probably more example of the plot hole but I don’t want to look for them. The thing is, this is a non-fiction book and not something which explains all of it with a convoluted plot-line, they can only right down the details.

    I’m excited to see how they tackle this.


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